Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2013

European Council is against Bosman law

BosmanWILLEMSTAD - The Bosman law should be withdrawn. That is according to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the European Council. The bill proposal wants to limit the freedom of establishment for the residents of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten in the Netherlands.

According to the ECRI there should be no distinction between nationals of a Kingdom. ECRI considers that the bill places “unequal treatment based on ethnicity” and calls for the withdrawal of the proposal .


The committee advises to look for a positive way to consult with people from Aruba, St. Maarten and Curaçao who are experiencing problems related to poor social conditions, high crime and welfare dependence and ensure that they, whether they live in the Netherlands or in one of the above three islands, can also benefit from these measures.

Country Report

The Caribbean countries should be considered individual countries, according to ECRI, which then will not limit the free movement of Antilleans. ECRI gives this recommendation in the periodic (fourth) country report on racism in the member State the Netherlands.

Reasonable justification

ECRI recommends that the Dutch authorities continue to ensure that nationals from the Dutch Antilles have no unequal treatment without objective or reasonable justification, even when it comes to safety. The Committee refers to the measures that focus specifically on Antilleans in the Netherlands. The Consultative entity Dutch Caribbean (OCAN) was one of the interlocutors of ECRI.

Source: Caribisch Netwerk

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